Google’s first Web Creator Advocate

I have some pretty big news. I, and thus, Google is hiring its first ever Creator Advocate. Now, you’d be forgiven for thinking “but wait, doesn’t Google already have plenty over at YouTube?” and indeed, YouTube has a set of amazing teams supporting creators on their platform. But I’m talking Google, not YouTube: And what […]

The three freedoms of the web

What makes a piece of content, or sub-platform truly open, and part of the open web’s content corpus? This turns out to be a deceivingly hard problem, because everyone I ask replies with a different angle of openness they care about. Over the years, smart folks like Tantek Çelik, Steven Pemberton and Brad Neuberg answered […]

Maybe everything is changing, all the time

Remy recently posted an interesting, thought-provoking read on framework fatigue and how we’re making the web more complex ourselves: If you didn’t gather off the bat from the title, the problem with developing front end projects isn’t that it’s harder or more complicated, it’s that you made it harder and more complicated. You have the power of […]

Helping the Web find its product-market fit

The web is struggling to find product, or platform-market fit in today’s mobile consumer world. Here’s how we can fix it.

Job opportunity: Google Web Creators…needs you!

TL;DR: If you’re a prolific content creator on the web (and in the US), and if you want to help others achieve the same, there’s a new unique part-time job opportunity for you. Web Creators..who? If you’ve been following my work, you might have noticed that I’ve taken all my collected skills and knowledge around […]

A 'perfect' row-based image masonry

TL;DR: Check out the Codepen. Also note that after publishing, I found that there are much nicer, stable solutions that preserve perfect aspect ratio if needed (see react-photo-gallery & Justified Gallery). I was on a hunt for a special type of masonry layout for an image gallery today. It needed to fulfill the following requirements: […]

Gifs must die

A: “Should I post this as a GIF?”B: “No”. There’s already a perfect, canonical guide about why you should stop using GIFs and what to do instead by Jeremy Wagner, so I’m going to spare you the details. But I’ve decided to use my platform (my blog!) to spread the message. Please stop using GIFs. […]

object-fit: contain with aspect ratio for…a div!

This blog post is mostly a bookmark for myself, as I’ve spent too much time researching this problem in the past: Can you ‘contain‘ a <div> or similar element the same way object-fit works with replaced media (images/videos), with nothing but CSS? It turns out, as I finally learned in a 6-year old StackOverflow reply, […]

Create more, destroy less

I’ve recently read that we should consume less and create more, and it’s a very worthwhile read that much more elaborately expands on what I wrote about Gadget Zombies couple years ago. I wrote my original post 7 years ago, but it’s one of the few things I’ve written that aged surprisingly well, and it’s […]

Multiline truncated text with “show more” button (with just CSS)

TL;DR: I built a CSS-only (~ish) solution for multiline truncated text with read more button. The other day, truncated text came up during a discussion in the office, and I since wondered if CSS has come far enough to be able to do truncated text right, that is, supporting the following: Multiple lines “Show more” […]